Editing mode initiated.

Every time I disappear from the interwebs, it’s because of one of three things:

1. Work

2. Writing

Or in this case,

3. Editing

The last one is always the worst. I can’t read anything with joy because I’m too busy scrutinizing word choices, spellings, punctuations. Which is why I have no new reviews as of now. I’m afraid my brain will find errors instead of enjoyment…I couldn’t even read the documents at a work meeting the other day. I found typos, a missing comma or three, an incorrect word usage…wanted to change the vocabulary…

(This gif is multipurpose after all.)

The upside to this mode? Well, my novel Human Touch has been trimmed some. Once upon a time, it hovered around 175,000 words. Yeah. You got it. I did manage to get it down to 135,000-ish. But in Editing Mode...It’s now a more perfect, tolerable 122,000. And that’s with taking out some parts I didn’t want to remove. *heavy sigh* Editing Mode is also helpful in starting the edits on Wide Awake, the next book in the Human Touch series…The goal is to move onto a second/third draft in completion soon. Sorta hoping this lasts until book three is second draft complete, but I would love to get back to reading books… We’ll see how long Editing Mode will be engaged.

What I need to do is a BIO of sorts for #PitchWars. (#pitmad is today!) I need to get some older book reviews tackled. Need to stop being such a fangirl and skipping writing just to see Chris Evans as Cap on the big screen before it officially ends. (Thank you, Marvel10 for this gift!) And enjoy the Peggy and Steve thing… the Bucky and Steve thing…

There’s one remaining. It’s nine months away and approaching fast.

Check-in officially completed as planned. Now I need to shower and head into work for a meeting that I’m leading. Hopefully, it’ll be done in time for me to enjoy more Editing Mode on Wide Awake before the chaos of the evening erupts.

And to those of you who have entered #PitchWars, good luck….

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Review: The Woman in the Window.

The Woman in the WindowThe Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay…full disclosure…I LOVE HITCHCOCK’S REAR WINDOW. DISTURBIA (Shia La Beuf movie) even more. The whole intrigue of seeing a possible something from the safety of your home, though you might not be safe and can’t really help…

This was one of those stories I just couldn’t bare to put down.

Anna Fox lives in her New York City brownstone, alone and agoraphobic. She keeps in touch with the outside world through her camera lens and a website for those stuck in their homes by their own psychological issues. A new neighbor moves in…and that’s just only the beginning.

I’m trying to think of things I can say that won’t spoil it. I mean, new neighbors, a crime happens, witness stuck in their home but tries their damnedest to help out…typical story like this…BUT…

This story seriously had you thinking one thing when in reality it was twenty other things. The twists turned into twists upon themselves. Usually, I read something like this and I have it figured out within the first 100 pages (the whole story…where I just keep reading to see how correct my assessments were), but this tale… I only figured out one piece of the over all puzzle before the first 100 pages were read. The rest…again, very twisty and quite a bit was unexpected and I just didn’t see coming at all. SO MANY MANY MANY POINTS for this author for keeping me surprised.

Overall, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE! It was nice to be surprised. Especially when I know/love stories similar to this…definitely worth a read!

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Review: Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols.

Most Likely to Succeed (Superlatives, #3)Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

FOUR STARS…MAYBE FOUR AND A HALF for this book.

Maybe…it’s what I call the “third book effect”… By that, I mean, in most series, I tend to love the third book more than the first and second–this one is no exception. I already know the characters. I comfortable in the setting. I enjoy peeking more into the world these characters live in.

So maybe that’s why I have such deep feels for Kaye’s and Sawyer’s stories.

Kaye and Sawyer were voted The Perfect Couple That Never Was. Due to a miscount, it was given to Harper and Brody (in the last book)…but as the mistake came to light, it made this crush Sawyer had on Kaye unbearable and had Kaye considering what if…

Never mind that she had a boyfriend that she planned to marry. Never mind that she was voted Most Likely to Succeed along with said guy, Aiden. Never mind that this had been her one and only.

The drama in this book was teen angsty at its best. There were terse moments and sweet moments and it was just a great balance with a great story.

What I loved about this book, as opposed to the first two, was that Kaye and Sawyer didn’t have a moment where it felt like their story was over. It didn’t have that “ending after the end” this time. It’s a personal thing, but I liked that so much about this one, so that when the ending hit, it felt right and perfect.

Again, it’s a personal opinion.

I’d rec this one if you’ve read the first two books. I’d say read it as a stand alone, but then there might be some slight confusion about the people and places. But no matter, this one is worth a read.

DEFINITELY REC!

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Review: Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols.

Perfect Couple (Superlatives, #2)Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another FOUR STAR win from Jennifer Echols!

Book one was Tia and Will’s story. This book covers Tia’s BFF Harper and the quarterback of the football team, Brody.

Where Tia was the party girl, Harper is the introvert. She’s had a few boyfriends in her past. Well, three, and with reason. She’s never explored outside of a kiss. Never wanted anything more than going into art school and doing photography. Pretty much had her life planned out. Meanwhile, Brody is the experienced footballer. He parties. He has girls crushing on him. He’s even had a girlfriend or twenty…in a nontraditional sense.

Then the senior class got together and voted these two: The Perfect Couple That Never Was. And it slapped both of them in the face.

Harper began to question her life choices and current boyfriend. Brody thought, “Hell, why not?” And so it goes, they tried a date. Like all good teen stories, this is where the angst, love, should we/shouldn’t we sort of stories start up. And this was one of the better rides I’ve read since I was in middle school and reading high school drama stories.

I hate not being able to say more. I want to go all soapy drama chatter right now about Harper and how she handled this title and Brody and his ways…AAAAAAHHHHH!!!

Before I spoil anything, I will add that this story also had an “End before the end”. I would have been happy with a certain moment where it was all HEA-ish, but there is more…

And now that I’m thinking about it, could we get a book four for this series with a little bit of short stories to catch us up with the main characters so I’d know if they made it to prom and/or beyond?

I definitely recommend this book. I would read book one first, though I’m not entirely sure this book couldn’t stand alone with just a few crossover characters. I say no matter, pick it up and enjoy the ride!

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Review: Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols.

Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, #1)Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A FOUR STAR READ for me.

Teen angst? Yes.

Drama? Yes.

Fun? Definitely.

I was wandering the aisles of Book Stop, having finally found a book I’d been looking for and saw the big book called, “Most Likely To” by Jennifer Echols. I picked it up and scoffed at the cover. Pulled the information up on Amazon and read. Something about the way this read that had me sliding the book on the shelf and rolling my eyes.

Then the inner voice said, “Go ahead. Pick it up and read it.” And I bought it.

And that’s where my gut-feeling was right. Definitely worth a read.

Tia is the band-geek-slash-party-girl and really didn’t care about doing much more than drumming.
Will is a drummer-slash-hockey-player who just moved to Florida from Minnesota and he’s about to melt in the heat. They meet at an end of summer party, where Tia was on her way to being drunk and Will was just trying to stay cool. Two words: Meet and Cute.

What goes from there is a budding friendship…that turns into a mess of girlfriends, boyfriends, and flirtations. To the point that their senior class voted the two of them as The Biggest Flirts. (The titile!) I would say it’s typical in a teen book, but the circumstances and the story are too fun for that. Way too fun[ny].

The only thing that stuck out as odd to me was what I’m going to call “the end before the actual end.” What that means is that I felt like the story had a great moment to stop. Things were perfect. But then the story kept going a little further with drama and angst before the final, final ending. I enjoyed having more of the characters, but it wasn’t wholly necessary. (After reading the second book, I feel that this is the author’s style, so I’m cool with that. Plus extra moments with characters/stories I’ve enjoyed are a bonus.)

And this cover…it looks like it belongs more to the second story in the series and the second one’s cover looks like it would belong to this story…mostly because when I read Tia was part Puerto Rican with long legs, that looked like the other girl more. But that’s a little “me thing” that I’m still trying to figure out. Anyway…

This is a DEFINITE RECOMMEND for me. Yes, read it. Don’t question it. Don’t look at the cover and think book 2’s and this one should be switched. (Because I do.) Just pick it up, open it, and enjoy the FUN that this book is.

YES! READ!

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